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Friday, January 11, 2013

I have utilized Sparkpeople in some capacity since the fall of 2010. It's a wonderful site, which I use primarily for information and encouragement. I find the articles helpful and your blogs are full of inspiration, hope, struggle, triumph, leaps over mountains and crashing falls over pebbles.

One very common theme I have noticed since the beginning is that of burnout after a successful weight loss. Of being intensely overwhelmed by people beginning or struggling with their weight loss journey. People searching for energy and passion, looking for answers, and they turn to the achievers. The ones who have lost large amounts of weight and are so pumped to help and encourage others. They answer questions (I believe the same ones over and over again), they blog, they triumph over the fat, the fluff, and the scale, and then one day they falter. Faltering is normal. It's life. We ALL do it.

It breaks my heart to read blogs of those who are just simply exhausted and come to the breaking point. Without a warning, Spark becomes the catalyst and whatever issues led them to overeat to begin with ( and we all have those too) just feel too big to deal with.

I strongly encourage all Sparker's to maintain the balance. When anything in your life becomes consuming, it's time to take a step back and evaluate. Put life in perspective and remember you are losing weight for YOU. We are not responsible for anyone else's struggles, for crying out loud dealing with our own is enough. Be supportive and kind towards others, but be smart and know your limits.

We control Spark, Spark does not control us, and when it becomes the tool in our weight loss that it is intended to be, it's an incredible resource for the taking!
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    I just read your most current blog and decided to take a peek at this one. I absolutely agree with this! And I do it every year!! I have one big vacation every year to Mexico and I work like crazy to get in shape for it. I tell myself that I need to just keep everything moderate so I will continue it when I get back. Instead I get lazy in the winter and then have to work harder to get ready in a short period of time. So I get burned out. As usual, I'm telling myself that this year I will find a balance after I get back. I sure hope I do....
    1874 days ago
    I agree with you, and have to point out how 'everything in reasonable moderation' goes for all areas in life. That being said, we're human, and sometimes we like to go overboard with things we like. I think as long as that's the exception and not the rule, we'll be fine!

    Thanks for a great blog!
    1978 days ago
    Maintaining perspective is indeed very important. What always helps me, when I am surprised by one of the curves life throws at me, is that my God is never surprised nor dismayed. He saw it coming, even if I didn't, and He can get me through it one way or another.
    Spark is indeed and excellent resource. Wish I'd had it in my youth when my skin was still more elastic! I may never lose the bag of skin from 4 pregnancies and years of being overweight, but the rest that I CAN get rid of, I will, step by step. I'm so glad for young people who find this site and can avoid the years of accumulated bad habits and accompanying weight.
    Blessings on your journey to a healthy weight and lifestyle!
    1983 days ago
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